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The Cottage Restaurant Review: Situated in a charming, historic bungalow in the heart of the Village, The Cottage offers the quintessential La Jolla dining experience. No pretensions here, so just wander in off the street after shopping trendy Girard Avenue, and sample the menu of mostly California-style cuisine. The small patio bustles on weekend mornings, making it an ideal people-watching spot. We like the country-style, mascarpone-stuffed french toast, the cheesy mashed potato omelet or the namesake granola and steamed milk for breakfast. At lunchtime, we recommend the grilled chicken and goat cheese salad, as well as the crab melt on grilled sourdough. Also appealing is the roasted vegetable salad or chicken tortilla soup for a lighter sampling. Dinner is only served Memorial Day through Labor Day, when the warm summer nights invite sipping wine and noshing on grilled mahi mahi tacos or honey-glazed wild salmon with panzanella. Carnivores should order up the flat-iron steak with chimichurri béarnaise. Local craft beer and boutique wines complement the fare.